Barnsley children still in need of better services

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Barnsley’s services for children needing help and protection are no longer inadequate – but still require improvement.

An Ofsted inspection team found the council’s service for children in care, and the department’s overall leadership, management and governance, also fell below required standards.

But the report says there are no widespread or serious failures that are leaving children at risk of harm.

However the authority was still not delivering good enough care and protection for children, young people and families.

Inspectors did find that there was a detailed and comprehensive improvement plan which was now in place.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said staff in the children, young people and families directorate should be proud of their efforts.

“On behalf of the council I would like to acknowledge the hard work of all employees and those from our partner organisations who have been instrumental in ensuring Barnsley’s services for children who need help and protection are no longer judged inadequate,” he said.

“Ofsted’s report confirms Barnsley people may be assured these services are of at least a satisfactory standard.

“Furthermore, everyone from frontline staff to senior officers and councillors are committed to making further improvements.”

Ofsted delivered its findings after a four-week visit in which inspectors read case files, attended meetings, and shadowed and met with staff.